Arizona Constitution Ratification (February 1911)
The Arizona Constitution Ratification was a constitutional convention referral on the February 9, 1911 ballot in Arizona, where it was approved. This measure sought voter ratification of the Arizona Constitution designed by constitutional convention in 1910.
This version of the Arizona Constitution was rejected by President William H. Taft because of his opposition to the provision of the right of recall public officials, particularly against members of the judiciary.
On December 9, 1911 Arizona voters approved a revised version of the Constitution which did not contain the recall provision.
On February 14, 1912, President Taft approved the new version of the Arizona Constitution and approved Arizona's statehood.
|Arizona Constitution Ratification (February 1911)|
Results via: Arizona Secretary of State
Text of the proposal
The language appeared on the ballot as:
|“|| Shall the Constitution for the proposed State of Arizona, as framed and adopted by the Constitutional Convention, be ratified?
Path to the ballot
The question was placed on the ballot under Ordinance No. 1 of the Arizona Constitutional Convention on Dec. 8, 1910.
- Arizona 1911 ballot measures
- 1911 ballot measures
- List of Arizona ballot measures
- History of Initiative & Referendum in Arizona
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Constitutions: Arizona & United States"
- The Arizona Republic, "Arizona's statehood story," Nov. 27, 2010
- Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, "Documents Leading to Statehood"
- Winslow Mail, "Proclamation of Election for the Ratification or Rejection of the Constitution Framed and Adopted By the Constitutional Convention of Arizona," February 04, 1911